Pre-employment Pipetrades

Closed for Fall 2020

Open for Winter 2021

Length: 12 weeks Credential: Certificate Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Learn about plumbing, steamfitting/pipefitting, gasfitting, blueprint reading and safety through hands-on classes covering all the course materials delivered in a first-year of pipe trades apprenticeship.

The Pre-Employment Pipetrades program is designed to offer an alternate route to those looking to enter into the pipe trades. Over the course of this 12-week program, you are taught the skills and theory of the first period of technical training for the common year of Gasfitter, Plumber and Steamfitter-Pipefitter Apprenticeship programs along with additional safety and tools training necessary for the industry.

As a Pre-Employment Pipetrades student, you will learn to lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain and repair piping systems which carry water, steam, chemicals or fuel used in heating, cooling, lubricating and other processes. You will learn the skills needed to become a Gasfitter, Plumber or a Steamfitter-Pipefitter.

For plumbing, you will learn how to plan, install and service plumbing systems, fixtures, piping equipment and controls. These piping systems may be used to transport water, waste, gases or hot liquids. Steamfitter-pipefitter is a pipe trade that deals with the installation, maintenance and repair of piping systems, but differs from other pipe trades in relation to where the work is performed, the types of piping that are involved and the training that is required. You will learn to install a typical piping system in a commercial building or industrial plant, study blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine the type of pipe and tools to use, and lay out the sequence of tasks. For Gasfitting, you will learn set up propane equipment ranging from residential furnaces to industrial boilers. Gasfitters employed by utility companies repair and extend gas mains and in-stall, repair and service pipes and fittings between mains and buildings.

Upon successful completion of this 12-week program, you may be eligible to write the first period pipe trades exam from Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) at an additional cost.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT Certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for the first-year Apprenticeship.

Following graduation, you will have a lot of different options for employment. You may decide to work as a gasfitter, plumber or steamfitter-pipefitter. It will be your responsibility to find an employer who will indenture you as an apprentice.

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Career opportunities

Gradates can pursue entry-level positions in pipeline construction, thermal or steam generation plants, manufacturing facilities, residential or industrial plumbing companies, gas plants, and more. Graduates need to find workplaces that will indenture them as either a gasfitter, plumber or steamfitter-pipefitter apprentice.

Potential career include

  • Steamfitter-pipefitter journeyperson
  • Gasfitter journeyperson
  • Plumber journeyperson
  • Supervisory positions or business owner

Related careers include: 

  • Plumber 
  • Gasfitter 
  • Insulator 
  • Steamfitter-pipefitter

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $4,986

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Full costs
Tuition and financial aid

Canada-Alberta Job Grant  This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.


This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019. 
  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Winter 2021 April 6, 2021
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021

Admission Requirements

  • Fall 2020 start: applications are accepted Oct. 2, 2019, and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Winter 2021 start: applications are accepted March 30, 2020, and are accepted until the program start date.

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 20-1, Math 20-2, Math 20-3, Pure Math 20, or Applied Math 20, AND,
  • English Language Arts 20-1 or English Language Arts 20-2, AND
  • Science 10
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
  • A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (level 4) is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.

Note: General Educational Development (GED) tests are not accepted in lieu of the admission requirements.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Pre-Employment Pipetrades and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

Program Outline

Course Code Course Name Credits
APPH 202 Calculations and Science 1.5
BLPR 232 Drawings and Specifications 1.5
EMTL 214 Equipment and Materials 3.0
PIPE 215 Pipe Shop 3.0
SFTY 202 Safety and Rigging 1.5
WFAB 201 Metal Fabrication 1.5
Total Credits 12.0

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Rocky Mountain College

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $ 4,800 $186 - - $ 4,986


Health Plan: N/A
Dental Plan: N/A
Student Association: N/A

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $86
Universal transit pass (UPass): N/A
Student support fee: $50
Student technology fee: $50

Books and supplies*

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

    Next steps for incoming students

    Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

    Important dates and deadlines

    Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

    Important Dates

    Fall 2020

    Orientation date

    Tenatively Sept. 8th


    This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

    How to register for classes

    You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

    Computers and laptops

    This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

    Required equipment/tools

    • Solid Wi-Fi connection at home

    Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

    • CSA steel toe boots
    • Safety glasses
    • Hard hat
    • Gloves

    Preparation courses

    To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 145:  Orientation for Apprentices and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

    Required textbooks

    The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

    Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.


    Phone: 403.284.8367

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